You just guessed it right! “Weeds” is exactly what you have thought… marijuana, drugs, sex, and law. Nonetheless and entertainingly, the show has something more to offer.
“Weeds” is a black humorous television series that is airing on Showtime cable network in the U.S. The show was created by Jenji Kohan and produced by Lionsgate Television. The plot presents a fictitious suburban community in California, its residents and their involvement in the distribution and addiction to marijuana.
The story revolved around Nancy Botwin (Mary-Louise Parker), a widowed residence of Southern California and a mother of three boys. Her husband dies without leaving her any money thus to maintain her middle-class lifestyle by which she was accustomed, she begins to market illegal drugs among the residents. Initially, her regular clients were her accountant, lawyer, and suburban fellows. Eventually, as she continues to fight for survival, she expands her network competing with the notorious drug lords and gangs. Eventually, she found herself to be a member of an international drug-smuggling cartel. While Nancy is willing to risk life and limb for the love of family, she still scares to death that her sons be involved in the same business as hers. Unfortunately for her and for the family, all got into the same business.
Nancy has been married three times and has three children. Silas (Hunter Parrish), hotheaded and impulsive, is Nancy’s eldest son. He has been sexually active since the show started. But sometimes he could be naïve though. He is especially good in selling marijuana for her mother. Eventually, he decides that he wants action on his own, without his mother monitoring him every now and then. Hence he put up plant cultivation with his friend Doug; Shane (Alexander Gould) is a highly intelligent yet poorly socialized son of Nancy. He develops an obsession over Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and frequently asks her mother to move the family there. At home, he is often neglected by his family because of the drug dealership thing. And at his school’s premise, he is often called “Strange Botwin” and is habitually a target for bullies. Shane’s personality takes a spin when he moves to Ren Mar. He suddenly becomes violent and disregards rules and laws. Perhaps his transformation reflects his experiences of being neglected at home; Stevie Ray (guest character), the third son of Nancy, is given a furtive alias Avi Newman. After some twists and turns in keeping her son from the father, Nancy manages to take Stevie under her custody.
Other substantial characters include Andrew “Andy” Botwin (Justin Kirk), Judah Botwin (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), Lenny Botwin (Albert Brooks), Jill Price-Gray (Jennifer Jason Leigh), Lars Guinard (Rick Ravanello), Doug Wilson (Kevin Nealon) and Celia Hodes (Elizabeth Perkins).
During the first season, Weeds lifted Showtime in ratings as the series was the highest rated for the network. As the fourth season premieres, 1.3 million views were casted to Showtime. This is the highest-ever rating achieved by the network. The succeeding season likewise attracts viewers as it ever has.